Historical Fiction, Literary Upmarket

Love and Other Consolation Prizes by Ford

As in his previous two novels, Jamie Ford’s latest offering is a poignant exploration of heritage, family, race, sacrifice, and perseverance. Mr. Ford excels at bringing Asian history in America to light in stories that are unapologetic in exposing prejudice while remaining unfailingly humane and tender. Love and Other Consolation Prizes unfolds against a parallel… Continue reading Love and Other Consolation Prizes by Ford

Advertisements
Historical Fiction, Literary Upmarket

All the Light We Cannot See by Doerr

Anthony Doerr’s Pulitzer Prize-winning All the Light We Cannot See is a brilliant glimpse into the lives of ordinary people in the extraordinary and harrowing circumstances of war. Postmodern in its fragmented narrative style and haunting in its subject matter, the tale is not without its weaknesses. I did not care for the interweaving of… Continue reading All the Light We Cannot See by Doerr

Historical Fiction, Literary Upmarket

The Nightingale by Hannah

Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale fell short of being the riveting read I was expecting. The tale is fiction but one of the characters is based on a real woman who played a pivotal role in the Resistance effort in France in WWII. I found the pacing uneven and too much page-time was devoted to mundane… Continue reading The Nightingale by Hannah